Friday, November 15th, 2013...7:30 am
Fiction Friday: The Paris Architect
Paris, 1942: After two years of German occupation the Nazis have increased their efforts to eliminate the Jewish population. Architect Lucien Bernard is approached by a wealthy businessman to design hiding places for Jews. At first both alarmed and appalled by the risk he is being asked to take, Lucien reluctantly agrees when he is offered an additional commission to design a factory. He becomes intrigued by the design possibilities in creating the hiding places as well as excited at the prospect of outwitting the Germans.
Though he begins with little sympathy for the Jews, when one of his designs goes terribly wrong Lucien becomes both more compassionate and more daring. But by doing so he is exposing himself to even more danger. The tension mounts when his mistress takes on a Gestapo officer as a lover and his newly hired draftsman, the nephew of another Gestapo officer, begins snooping around.
The Paris Architect combines historic detail, suspenseful storytelling, and character development. In addition, author Charles Belfoure describes the attitudes of the French toward both their occupiers and the Jews as well as the role of architecture in Nazi Germany in this debut novel.
The Paris Architect 364 pages